WingFest Chicago 2017: Who makes Chicago's best wings?

Who makes Chicago’s best wings? Everyone has their favorites.

This past Sunday 3000 wing fans sampled all the wings they could eat at the 18th annual Chicago WingFest at the UIC Pavilion.

30 of Chicago’s best wing restaurants went head to head in a hot competition to see who can create the best wings in the following categories: Mild, BBQ, Exotic, and Hot. From that group, one of the competitors was named The Best of the Fest.

There was music, ChickenMan, Pat Tomasula, Cadillac Dave, eating contests and of course wings and assorted beverages from beer and water to Coconutz’s Mermaid Water–their House punch made with Vodka, Bacardi Rum, Blue Curacao, Pineapple, Lemon & Lime.

Participating restaurants for 2017 included Rhyme Or Reason, Howells & Hood, Chicago Culinary Kitchen, Son of A Butcher Tavern, River Forest Catering, Q’s Tips & Wings Bar-B-Que, Reggie’s, Gators Wing Shack, Revel, WHISK, Paisans Pizzeria, McQ’s Bar & Grill, Fire Water BBQ, Buffalo Wings & Rings, Mahoney’s Pub & Grille, Downtown Dogs, Estadio Grill, Hilton Chicago, Estrella Negra, Output Lounge, Timothy O’Toole’s Pub, Porkchop, Nola Nights, Tap House Grill, Half Day Brewing, SPiN Chicago, The Blanchard, Corcoran’s Grill & Pub, 10 Pin and Freestyle.

Last year’s “Best of the Fest,” Dinosaur BBQ closed its Chicago location last summer so was not back to defend its title.

Here’s a look at the winners and the fest.

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